I’m pretty sure you’ve heard this before—most likely at a wedding; maybe during a sermon. With First Corinthians Chapter Thirteen being the chapter of love, it is a predominant quote regarding love.
The way this chapter describes love is so bluntly simple that the true, full meaning and impact of it seems to fly over our heads. This particular verse taken from the chapter—verse five, in case you were wondering—has been on my mind as of late. Think about it: “Love does not demand its own way.” That means love is not selfish, as some translations depict. It means that you should love with abandon. It means that you should love without wanting your way. Kinda hard to think about right?
So that means “love with selfishness”, in quotes since it’s an oxymoron, is maybe prideful, lustful manipulation? I believe so. There are many other descriptions, but I think this covers it pretty well. Thinking about this clashing idea butting its own head makes sense, does it not? Thinking about love in its full entirety changes your way of thinking, yeah? Well, I sure hope so.
Love is powerful—and its meaning shouldn’t be played down.
*WARNING* Be sure to look it up and read it yourself. Don’t take my word for anything. Too many times do we take others’ truth and make it our own without looking it up to make sure it is true. “Everyone who seeks, finds.” (Matthew 7:8)